2010 Release: The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots by Carolly Erickson

The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots

Release Date:  September 14, 2010

SYNOPSIS: Erickson mines rich historical territory when she excavates the relatively brief, yet ever-fas­cinating, life of Mary Queen of Scots for her latest historical tour de force

Queen of Scotland at six days of age, married as a young girl to the invalid young King of France, Mary took the reins of the unruly kingdom of Scotland as a young widow and fought to keep her throne. A second marriage to her handsome but dissolute cousin Lord Darnley ended in murder and scandal, while a third to the dashing Lord Bothwell, the love of her life, gave her joy but widened the scandal and surrounded her with enduring ill repute.

Unable to rise above the violence and disorder that swirled around her, Mary escaped to England—only to find herself a prisoner of her ruthless, merciless cousin Queen Elizabeth.

Here, in a riveting first-person account, is the enchanting woman whose name still evokes excitement and compassion— and whose death under the headsman’s axe still draws forth our sorrow.




  1. The cover is pretty but I"ve nothing good about the book itself.

  2. Fascinating character - Mary. I have read several books about her. Another to add to the list.

  3. This is a book to look forward to.

  4. I am super excited about this book and have added it to my wish list. Thanks!

  5. i like her non fiction very much but have not yet read any of her fiction.

  6. Wonderful! I have been wanting to read something about her for a while.

  7. I'm not crazy about Erickson...but since this one is read as a memoire- I could probably go for it! Thanks, Amy:)

  8. She keeps pumping out books and I haven't had the chance to read the 7 of hers that I own!
    Stop it!

  9. Kelly Bookend DiariesApril 22, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    I can't wait for this book to come out. It looks outstanding.

  10. Looks interesting and I haven't read anything about poor Mary. Nope not a thing.

  11. Love the description of her as "enchanting," as it's so true. Haven't read anything about her in ages. Another fascinating powerful woman is Eleanor of Aquitaine (she died in 1204), whose memoirs are related in Robert Fripp's "Power of a Woman." She was married to two warring kinds, Louis VII of France and then Henry II of England -- she sets up her Court of Ladies at Poitiers before Henry exiled her to England. Once H died, she ruled the real for her son, Richard Lionheart. Fascinating woman and a fascinating look back. (I love her remark: "Tides retreat and the world rebels, but that which I started I still impose. We claw our way forward, we women." Is that not a great quote? And Ms. Lucy, I think you'll like it because it's written as a memoir, not some dry as dust thing.


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